Sport Juventus manager Sarri has no problems picking Pjanic despite imminent Barcelona deal

22:51  25 june  2020
22:51  25 june  2020 Source:   goal.com

Sarri denies row with rumoured Barcelona target Pjanic

  Sarri denies row with rumoured Barcelona target Pjanic Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists there has been no disagreement with Miralem Pjanic, who has been linked with Barcelona. Maurizio Sarri has emphatically dismissed rumours of a row with Miralem Pjanic as Juventus prepare to resume their Serie A campaign. A story in the Italian media claimed the Juve boss had a disagreement with the midfielder - who has been heavily linked with Barcelona - during a training session ahead of the game against Bologna on Monday.

a baseball player holding a racket: Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic © Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri says he has no concerns about Miralem Pjanic's suitability to his plans despite talk of an imminent deal which would see the midfielder head to Barcelona.

Arthur has agreed to join Juventus from Barcelona, setting up a deal that will see Pjanic move in the opposite direction.

The two deals are disconnected, with Arthur set to switch to Juve for €70 million (£63m/$79m) and Pjanic poised to move in the other direction for €60m (£55m/$67m).

Rumours of these deals have persisted for many weeks, with both clubs said to see the arrangement as a useful way of balancing the books amid the financial uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but Arthur was reportedly not interested in a move until a change of heart in the past few days.

Sarri and "the biggest hoax of the season"

 Sarri and © Provided by Sports.fr Miralem Pjanic Maurizio Sarri, the coach of Juventus Turin, has hardly tasted the rumor evoking a clash between the technician transalpine and Miralem Pjanic, also announced on departure. After four seasons at Juventus Turin , Miralem Pjanic heads for the exit. This is at least the heavy trend that emerges from reading the Italian press.

Speaking ahead of Juve's Serie A clash with Lecce on Friday, which could stretch their lead over Lazio at the top of the table to seven points, Sarri insisted he has not been told by the club that Pjanic is bound for the exit.

He also made it clear he is not pushing for the midfielder to leave despite suggestions Pjanic is not wholly compatible with Sarri's preferred system.

"If he is sold, it'll be for other reasons. He is not under discussion from a technical point of view," he said on Thursday. "But the club haven't given me any signals in that sense, so I don't take it into consideration.

"The discussions between him and me are on technical and mental aspects. He mustn't worry if he misses a game, but he has to react quickly.

"I'm happy with Miralem and I'm sure, in that role, he can improve further."

When asked specifically about Arthur, Sarri replied: "Arthur is a Barcelona player and I don't want to talk about him."

Sarri had appeared irked by the fact Barca counterpart Quique Setien spoke about the rumours this week, claiming Arthur was affected by the speculation.

"Given how things are, we need all of our players and we'll try and isolate ourselves from this situation and the media who are reporting on and talking about these rumours," Setien said. "We need him to be focused. It's true it is a difficult situation but we have to overcome it somehow."

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Ahead of a summer switch to the Liga giants, the midfielder’s former fitness coach at Roma, Paolo Rongoni, is backing him to succeed in SpainA deal has been struck that will see a highly-rated playmaker trade places with Brazil international Arthur, with Juventus agreeing a trade agreement with European rivals.

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